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jumping Frenchmen of Maine syndrome

a culture-bound syndrome resembling latah, observed in lumberjacks of French Canadian descent living in Quebec and Maine. It is characterized by an extreme startle response involving yelling, imitative speech and behavior, involuntary jumping, flinging of the arms, and command obedience. Also called jumper disease of Maine; jumping disease. See also imu; myriachit.

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unipolar mania

unipolar mania

a disorder in which only excitement, overactivity, and similar euphoric symptoms are seen. This is a rare condition, as such manic episodes tend eventually to be followed by one or more major depressive episodes.